OpenType Features

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Characterset & Language support

Supported Languages:
Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swissgerman, Tagalog

Supported Character Set Tables:
Unicode Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement


 Design Information


Designer: Philippe Apeloig, www.apeloig.com
Development: Nouvelle Noire
Year: 2013

In 2010, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) commissioned Philippe Apeloig to design a new visual identity for its journal, Afrique Contemporaine.
For this opportunity he developed letterforms which became ultimately the typeface “Ndebele”. This font draws on the South African Ndebele tribe’s tradition of painting their houses with a vivid, graphic system of symbols.
Ndebele uses only geometric uppercase letters with rounded angles. The font consists of stylized letterforms that appear representational but verge on abstraction. With their open parts, the forms recall decorative sculpture. Within a composition, together, they suggest textile motifs or woodcarvings. The imaginative reader can also see them as shards of pottery, vessels, figurines, or toys.
Ndebele employs a fine vertical break in the middle of each letter, which is progressively enlarged, in three stages. The gradual disappearance of a cohesive letter shape creates complexity and challenges the reader to reconstruct the text in a kind of visual game.


 In use samples


© Philippe Apeloig




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